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* Posts by Caltharian

36 posts • joined 17 Oct 2011

Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

Caltharian

I think you misread the article, it was originally $30mil reduced to $15mil

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

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Re: Sue!

the only problem with this is he wouldnt have been able to sue on account of being dead

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Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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Re: Huh??

The look and basis of the character Harry Potter is based on the character of Ponder Stibbons and the actual story is based on a story by Neil Gaiman

For some good illustrations of Ponder Stibbons to compare the point please check the hardback edition of "The Last Hero"

after a quick seach on google i came up with this from the book http://www.xirax.fatal.ru/discworld/pictures/large/Ponder_tlg_resize.jpg

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Caltharian

I find it most amusing that they happened to use the potter series of books as an example. As the series is heavily based on the works of 2 very well established authors whom happened to be well liked by the majority of the readers of The Register, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

Caltharian

yes, stackless python to be precise

Although things could get a bit iffy that way, CCP (the company that made and maintains eve) is based in Iceland, however the do have an office in Newcastle and the servers(not including the servers for the special version just for china) being in a datacenter somewhere around London

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

Caltharian

so a bit like something sony came up with a few years ago to go with the xperia line of phones?

http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/accessories/smartwatch/

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AV-Test boss dismisses Microsoft criticism of malware test results

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Re: Ms Fail?

It is true that i have not used norton for many years due to all the stability issues that it came with, but then at the same time i also found norton ghost absolutely wondeful to use

It just gets to the point where a product burns all the good will your willing to give the company.

It doesnt matter how good they maybe now, the damage to their rep for me and many others has already been done and there are many av products out there which havent had the same issue

The moral of the story is if you release shoddy product after shoddy product, no matter how good the next one is people will always remember the bad ones and avoid it like the plague

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Caltharian

Re: Ms Fail?

But Norton is malware or atleast it used to be, i know that i seemed to be the largest single cause of bsod

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China seeks ‘Oceanauts’ for deep sea exploration

Caltharian

The Major problem that i can see is if and when they actually start mining and the fact that no-one can agree on what part of the seas and oceans in the area belong to which countries

Hopefully the UN will not give permission for any sort of mining until atleast that part is sorted out otherwise there could be some very upset people with large military budgets and grudges to settle

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Wi-Fi routers able to manage bandwidth by app are offered

Caltharian

hasnt netgear been offering this type of QOS for donkeys years on some of its routers?

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

Caltharian

I personally feel sorry for the Judge that has to make a ruling on this case as morally neither company deserves to win!

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Peak Apple: Forstall was 'closest thing to Jobs they had left'

Caltharian

Actually with both Apple and Pixar it was the otherway around, both companies turned themselves around dramatically only after getting rid of Jobs

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

Caltharian

Unfortunately

it has been reported that the beardy one himself will still be involved as the producer, this does not bode well.....

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Facebook trial: Tell everyone where you are, have a Wi-Fi peanut

Caltharian

we already know at certain times they are all in Parliment

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Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here

Caltharian

I wonder if one day "Apple" will come up with their own trademarks to use instead of stealing other companies

Apple

Ipad

Iphone

all registered trademarks of other companies which Apple have been forced to throw money at

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African kids learn to read, hack Android on OLPC fondleslab

Caltharian

Most likely they didnt lock the systems down properly

reminds me of when i was at college and the library computers ran windows 3.11 which had 3rd party software installed to keep them secure including locking down the run command, of course it didnt take long to figure out that all that you needed to do was to alt-tab to the security software and press alt-f4 to shut it down!!

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New British tax-cuts-for-patents scheme criticised

Caltharian

Makes you wonder which MP's have money tied up in uk based companies which have recently aquired a number of patents.....

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

Caltharian

But one of the facts is correct; a value of 3 for Pi can be used to make a wheel, just ask Bergholt Stuttley Johnson...

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Apple: Blue-shirts can fix iOS Maps in their spare time

Caltharian
Trollface

I thought that Apples main selling point was "It just works" and that was why you had to pay twice as much as the hardware would cost you if sourced yourself

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Judge rejects Apple's calls for Samsung censure

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Re: Yeah, RIGHT!!!!!

Does this mean that Apple have admitted to Reverse engineering??

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Old-timer Odyssey to babysit Curiosity's Mars landing

Caltharian

Re: Wait a minute. What's that?

About a million to one......

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Web snooping bill an 'odious shopping list of new gov powers'

Caltharian
Big Brother

Of course not

They will ensure that their communications are exempt from interception, this law will only apply to the unwashed masses

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Habeas data: How to build an internet that forgets

Caltharian
Trollface

Re: Please stop trying to stick these things together

Your problem is that early on you took a crude political stance on copyright, and are now rejecting evidence and arguments that undermine this position - a very selective and (ultimately) doomed approach.

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Oh i dont know it seems to work for big business and politicians

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TalkTalk is yet again the most griped about telco in Blighty

Caltharian

Tbh as a talk talk customer myself i have found that once you get past the drones in the call center the support is very good. They do seem to still have alot of technical issues but i do sometimes wonder how much of this is down to the fact of how the exchanges are run.

I do agree with the billing issues that people have the time between being able to access your bill and them taking it out of your bank account is ridiculously small sometimes being a matter of 3 working days notice. ontop of their actual billing service falling over on occasion and not triggering the DD and dropping charges onto your account because of said service falling over.

But again once you get past the foreign call center and get to speak to someone who lives and works in the uk the service is excellent

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French data watchdog bends Google over for rigorous frisking

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Re: Explain

Its for the fact that france has been anti-anythingnotfrench for the last 20 years atleast.

It doesnt matter if google is 100% innocent or as guilty as sin.

At the current moment france has lost all credibility and any investigation should be done by either another country or by the EU as a whole.

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Caltharian

You have to admit, this would have all carried alot more weight if it had come from any other country than france, with the way france has been trolling the last few years

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Humans best crossword-puzzling computer

Caltharian
Happy

or even better set it up against the ankh-morpork Times crossword

that one is supposed to be fiendishly difficult!

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Hefty mobile bills should be capped by punters, says Ofcom

Caltharian

the app for controlling a dongle usually has some sort of sms function, i know on the one i used to use i could send a receive text messages and would get alerts for 80% of fair use and 100% of fair use as well as other random messages from the telco

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French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

Caltharian

Im wondering how long it will be before google pulls out of france completely.

It seems that half of the court cases that google faces are because one french company or anothers profits are down.

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SpaceShipOne man, Nobel boffins: DON'T PANIC on global warming

Caltharian
Big Brother

Statistical analysis

A long time ago when i studied GCSE Statistics the first lesson that we learnt was that statistics mean whatever you want them to mean.

This still rings true, both arguements for and against global warming can be proven correct with statistics, the major differences between proving it correct or incorrect would be the size and scale of the statistical samples used.

And anybody dealing with statistics that wishes to prove or disprove a theory with them will use the data sets that best fit their preferred outcome.

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E. coli turns seaweed into ethanol

Caltharian

i do assume that the seaweed would be harvested and fed to the e-coli at an onshore processing plant. Or is that too sensible in this day and age?

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Dagenham council: Only language our tenants understand is SMS

Caltharian

in the UK you dont get charged for receiving text messages, and most payment plans have provision for x amount of free messages to send

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ESA gives up on duff Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt

Caltharian

I wonder if they ever thought of using the ISS to attempt to make contact or even some sort of remote visual inspection

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NASA probe now closer than ANY OTHER spacecraft to Pluto

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Devil

Personally i am looking forward to the manned research vessel mission that New Horizons is the precursor to.... Event Horizon

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Skyrim update makes dragons FLY BACKWARDS

Caltharian
FAIL

Errol didnt fly backwards, he rearranged his plumbing and flamed backwards to become the first jet propelled Dragon!

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Samsung demands iPhone 4S ban in Japan and Oz

Caltharian

I think the best idea would be to ban both apple and samsung devices until they can come up with a mutually acceptable compromise.

of course if one company refuses to compromise their product should remain banned while the other should have the ban lifted

this should solve the endless litigation that seems to be going on these days!

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